Open Transformation


As with so many things, Artengine has undertaken a significant transformation over the last few years. Poised to open a new space in the Arts Court facility in early 2020, but plans changed. We are fortunate enough in this part of the world to be emerging from some of the challenges the pandemic brought. We are back at the Arts Court, in some ways, but are still changing in many others. We are implementing new approaches to programming and changing our physical and online space to support this new direction.

We may not be open to the street, but we are open to hearing from you!

GroupChat01- Neptune Frost


Thursday, July 18 · 7 – 10pm EDT


Join us for a screening and lively group discussion of Neptune Frost, the afrofuturist musical film by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman.


Artengine presents a new series of intimate gatherings to experience and discuss films, art works, games and more. For the first edition of the GroupChat we present the collaborative work of Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman – a impressive and original work of cinema.

We will screen the work in our Studio space to a small gathering and afterwards unpack the heady and complex experience of the film.

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Reserve your spot, tickets are Pay-What-You-Can


NEPTUNE FROST (2021), 105 minutes

“Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing. Co-directed with the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region’s natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry. Set between states of being – past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and prescience – Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.”

Launch of EEPVERS.XYZ: A digital collectibles workshop


Join us for an engaging and informative session as we explore the fascinating world of digital collectibles and blockchain technology. The founders of EEPVERS.XYZ will provide an in-depth look at real-life use cases, demonstrating how these digital innovations are transforming the creative landscape. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in the future of digital art and technology to learn in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

​Event Highlights:
• Presentations by Co-Founders EEPMON and killjoy, with special guest web3 business consultant lanadingwall.

​• Learn about how blockchain is revolutionizing the creator economy.

​• Get setup with your first web3 wallet and mint your FREE EEPVERS, eepMonkey

​​• EEPVERS is built on Base!

​• Join the TEAM EEPS community for an authentic experience, reflecting the key ethos of web3.

​• Interested in putting your art onchain? We’re here to answer your questions.

​​• Free pizza (who doesn’t like free pizza?!) from our sponsor, PizzaDAO.

​Exclusive for Attendees:

​Receive a free Artengine branded digital collectible for your eepMonkey!


BOOK LAUNCH: Suyi Davies Okungbowa new science fiction novel, Lost Ark Dreaming


This Saturday, join Nommo Award-winning author Suyi Davies Okungbowa for a discussion of his science fiction novel, Lost Ark Dreaming.

📅 Saturday, 1 June 2024, 5PM
📍 Artengine Studio


The brutally engineered class divisions of Snowpiercer meets Rivers Solomon’s The Deep in this high-octane post-climate disaster novella written by Nommo Award-winning author Suyi Davies Okungbowa


Off the coast of West Africa, decades after the dangerous rise of the Atlantic Ocean, the region’s survivors live inside five partially submerged, kilometers-high towers originally created as a playground for the wealthy. Now the towers’ most affluent rule from their lofty perch at the top while the rest are crammed into the dark, fetid floors below sea level.


There are also those who were left for dead in the Atlantic, only to be reawakened by an ancient power, and who seek vengeance on those who offered them up to the waves.


Three lives within the towers are pulled to the fore of this conflict: Yekini, an earnest, mid-level rookie analyst; Tuoyo, an undersea mechanic mourning a tremendous loss; and Ngozi, an egotistical bureaucrat from the highest levels of governance. They will need to work together if there is to be any hope of a future that is worth living—for everyone.

TouchDesigner Meet Up


Come share your projects and get connected with others working with TouchDesigner in the region!


TouchDesigner Meet Up

Thursday May 9th


Artengine Studio

2 Daly Ave (or come in through 10 Daly and find us just beyond the Ottawa Art Gallery Café)

We are organizing the first meet up for TouchDesigner folks here in the capital region. This will be the first in a regular event at Artengine as we are looking to connect with others (and connect others together).

Our first event will be semi-formal with some show and tell and under the hood discussions.

We have two interactive projects from emerging artists:

Choice by Patricia Kenny

Late Nite Souls from Ella Gem Defrancisco, Liam Fletcher and Brandy Martell

Artengine has always been a great place to connect with other artists and creatives working with technology. With our new space we hope to welcome many more into our community. It will be a good night to share what you are working on, see what others are up to and share tips and tricks. If you have never used TouchDesigner but have been curious this is also a great way to check out what people are up to and see what you might be able to do with TD!

Check out the Showcase on Derivative’s site to learn more about what TouchDesigner can do.

Please note you can also enter from the Ottawa Art Gallery at 10 Daly Ave. Artengine is just beyond the cafe on the main floor.

We will have light snacks and beverages.

Who Should Attend:
– Digital artists and designers looking to explore TouchDesigner’s capabilities.
– Creative technology enthusiasts eager to learn and share.
– Anyone interested in the intersection of art and technology.

The Eventbrite Page is here.